Alejandro Gordillo-García

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Genetically Engineering the Natural World, it Turns Out, Could Be a Disaster

For the native species of New Zealand, European settlement was particularly cruel. The country has no endemic land predators, so many of its birds …

New Zealand

Scientists Must Challenge What Makes Studies Scientific

There is a strange contradiction among scientists: Science is supposedly about asking questions, except about scientists and how science is done. …

Indigenous Peoples

The uncertain future of medical genetics

AnneMarie Ciccarella, a fast-talking 57-year-old brunette with a more than a hint of a New York accent, thought she knew a lot about breast cancer. …

Infected DNA successfully hacks computer in terrifying experiment

Remember a few month ago when we were all laughing at Harvard scientists for putting a GIF inside a strand of DNA? Now that bridge between technology …

University of Washington

Scientists successfully used CRISPR to fix a mutation that causes disease. This is huge.

CRISPR/Cas9 is a gene editing technology that’s revolutionizing science at a breathtaking pace.<p>One of its most exciting, taboo, and controversial applications is tweaking the genes of eggs, sperm, or early embryos to alter a human life. This could one day mean the ability tocreate smarter or more …

Genetics

Scientists build DNA from scratch to alter life's blueprint

NEW YORK (AP) — At Jef Boeke's lab, you can whiff an odor that seems out of place, as if they were baking bread here.<p>But he and his colleagues are cooking up something else altogether: yeast that works with chunks of man-made DNA.<p>Scientists have long been able to make specific changes in the DNA …

Genetics

Scientists genetically modify a human embryo for the first time

For the first time ever, American scientists have successfully edited the DNA of a human embryo — in the attempt to correct genes that cause …

Genetics